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Shē 畲 Language
(3,628 words)

1. General

According to the 2010 census (National Bureau of Statistics of China 2013), the Shē (Chinese Shē 畬) minority has a population of 708,651, and is distributed throughout the mountainous regions of the southeastern provinces of Ānhuī, Zhèjiāng, Jiāngxī, Fújiàn and Guǎngdōng. Today, more than 99% of the Shē people speak either a distinct variant of Hakka (known as Shēhuà 畬話) (Nakanishi 2010a) or the indigenous Chinese dialect of the place where they live. The rest, approximately 1,00…

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Hiroki NAKANISHI, “Shē 畲 Language”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 26 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000257>
First published online: 2015

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